Hybrid Arthropoda

If you possess some knowledge of arthropod taxonomy, you’ll notice the mash-ups. The carapace of one type of crab is mixed with the legs of a different species, a different genus. The same is true for the others – each combines two different insects or crustaceans. To attach a dead human torso to a horse body to make a centaur would be seriously gross. But how less unnatural is it to combine invertebrates in the same way? It’s almost like biological engineering, or Frankenstein-ing. But not really. For though we have practically invented new life through science, we will never create beings with the same vivacity as the naturally evolved. Nor in my artistic combination of specimens, do these creations come close to living, breathing beings.


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